When the Chiefs drafted Mike Danna in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, no one had any idea who he is and were puzzled as to why the team drafted someone who could have been available as an undrafted free agent.
Well, we found out why the Chiefs loved Danna so much throughout the course of the regular season. His stats might not have popped off the page, but Danna did more as a rookie than any of us expected him to, finishing year one with 25 tackles (four for loss), six quarterback hits, and 2.5 sacks.
The reason Danna gets such a high grade is that he wasn’t expected to do much as a rookie, but he made an impact on defense. This was a good pick by Brett Veach and company.
BoPete Keyes was a hard player to grade. On the one hand, he was a seventh-round pick who didn’t do a whole lot and that was sort of expected. On the other hand, in his lone start of his rookie season (a meaningless Week 17 game), Keyes didn’t play very well.
I ended up giving Keyes a C simply because there’s so much we don’t know about him. Fans didn’t expect to see much of him this season and he was definitely drafted with the intention of having him be more of a project.
Hopefully, we’ll get to see Keyes in a bigger role in 2021 and beyond. For now, he gets an average grade of a C, which some probably will say is way too generous.